How The Left And Right Think

Once again our friends over at Blue Hampshire proved how they view the world differently from everyone else.

In an article posted HERE the posted 2 charts showing the average per person expenditure by state government broken down by state.  The first chart left the states off and they asked you to guess where NH fell in compared to other states.

To cut through the chase here is the 2nd chart with the state names included:

As you can see NH came in as the 3rd lowest spending an average of $2,488 which Blue Hampshire also points out is 30% percent below the national average of $3,557 per person.

Now take a few minutes and really think to yourself what these numbers mean.  Ask yourself whether or not you think this is a good thing or a bad thing.

First thing a thinking person says is where do these numbers come from.  Lucky for us BH provides links at the bottom.  Where we can agree is the 2009 population in NH is 1,324,575.

For us to have a per person spending of just $2,488 the state budget would have to be just $3,295,542,600.

If the last state budget was $11.5 Billion that would mean spending would have had to have jumped from $3.2 billion in '09 to $8.3 billion for '10 in which case Democrats would have serious explaining to do for why they increased spending so much.  However using the link they provide you see on page 6 that the state spending in 2009 was $4,978,000,000 which comes out to be $3,758.19 per person.

But this is Blue Hampshire we're talking about so I'm willing to take their numbers with a grain of salt from the start.

Before continuing I'd like to point out a comment from Blue Hampshire's article:

Funny how you never see charts (4.00 / 3)

like this from the right-wing, er, "non-partisan" think tanks in this state.
-Dean Barker
Sorry to prove you wrong Dean but I am posting this chart and clearly drawing a very different conclusion then you and your friends.
But I digress, when I look at that chart I see it as a good thing.  NH can provide service to all it's citizens and do so for far less then most of the rest of the country.  We have one of the lowest crime rates in the country, our unemployment rates are below average for the rest of the country, our educational scores are above average.  And we are able to do all this for far less then other states.
Ah, but of course our left wing friends don't see things this way.
the other New England states (4.00 / 2)
think more of their people. I've been saying for years that NH provides a level of services that would cause a third world country to blush.

NH taking a back seat to Mississippi - there's something to be proud of.

The level of services?  What services exactly are we missing in NH?  This statement is the sum of all of the differences between Democrats and Republicans.  Democrats look at states where people rely heavy on government and say see how we help so many people, meanwhile Conservatives such as myself look at charts like this and say see how few people actually need government services and see it as a GOOD thing.

"I predict future happiness for Americans if they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them." Thomas Jefferson

Let's look at a few more comments:

This can't possibly be true... (0.00 / 0)

Tens of Millions of campaign time dollars were spent, dozens of editorials in the UL and Fosters were published and endless press releases and speeches by John Sununu ALL saying that NH's budget was exploding under the Democrats.

Could it really be that they were ALL lying?


"If you are going to be in politics, you have to be a soldier in the battlefield."

                    Hubert H. Humphrey


Now here's a perfect example of left wing misdirection.  If a job takes $100 to be done right then there is no reason to spend $200 on it even if everyone else is.

That said, I also refer back to my early comment questioning where these numbers came from in the first place.  If you use the link they provide to the National Association of State Budget Officers found HERE and jump to page 6 you can see that the state's spending total jumped from $4,807,000,000 in 2008 to $4,978,000,000 in 2009 and $5,465,000,000 in 2010.  That's an increase of 658,000,000 in just 2 years or an increase of 14% at a time when our economy was in the toilet.  How many of you saw household incomes increase 14% in the past 2 years?

Moving on...

State Spending in the Light of Data (4.00 / 6)

I believe the fact that we are already close to the bone is the very reason (and our lack of existing tax base)that NH was chosen as the target for de-constructing government. This is not really about living within our is about furthering a political agenda that believes the only individual rights matter and the collective good truly is irrelevant.

Read that last line slowly folks. 

Perhaps I'm a bit off but when I read the bill of rights I do not see anything about a collective but I do see rights granted to individuals.

"... rightful liberty is unobstructed action according to our own will within limits drawn around us by the equal rights of others. I do not add 'within the limits of the law,' because law is often but the tyrant's will, and always so when it violates the right of an individual"
— Thomas Jefferson (Letter to Isaac H. Tiffany - 1819)

What would he say about Mr. Jefferson's views?  Is he too a deconstructionist seeking to further a political agenda?

Once again this is a perfect example of how both sides think and see things differently.